Irvin Students, UTEP Faculty Part of $1.5M Research Project
December 06, 2013 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
What: Thirty-six juniors from Irvin High School and their family members will attend an orientation for the "Work With A Scientist" Program, which is part of a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The event will include distribution of relevant research materials, safety trainings, introductions to program scientists, tours of the labs and a Q-and-A session.
When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
Where: Room G.0208B in UTEP's Chemistry and Computer Science Building.
Thirty-six juniors from El Paso's Irvin High School who are part of a $1.5 million National Science Foundation "Work With a Scientist" research project will attend a program orientation this weekend.
The students and their families will learn more about the planned collaboration with University of Texas at El Paso faculty members in the education, science and engineering fields during the spring and summer. They also will get safety training, receive lab coats, protective goggles and a research notebook, be introduced to their program scientists, and tour the research labs. The study will involve a total of 54 students.
The four-year study will measure the benefits of cogenerative dialogues, an educational innovation that engages and empowers students through higher levels of participation in a less-structured learning environment. A national "cogens" expert said this was the first cogens study that involved scientists, science educators and high school students.
The goal is to see how this method impacts the number of students who pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in college. This year the Texas Education Agency designated Irvin, a school where approximately 83 percent of the student body is considered economically disadvantaged, as a STEM Academy, which means the campus curriculum is tied to STEM.
The study's principal investigator is Pei-Ling Hsu, Ph.D., assistant professor of science education. The program scientists are Wen-Yee Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and the project's co-principal investigator; Chuan "River" Xiao, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry; Tzu-Liang "Bill" Tseng, Ph.D., associate professor of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering; and Lixin Jin, Ph.D., assistant professor of geological sciences.